College Basketball Predictions: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Colorado Buffaloes
Saturday, 12/21/13, 11:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma State -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma State -6
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 7-10-1 ATS on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 7-10-1 ATS on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons

Oklahoma State will participate in the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas, Nev., as it looks to extend its current winning streak to four games, which includes a 75-43 victory over Delaware State Tuesday.  The Cowboys are averaging more than 87 points per game this season with four players scoring in double figures, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball predictions.  The team also owns a +3.1 rebounding margin and +5.9 turnover margin.  Oklahoma State is 9-9 SU and 7-10-1 ATS on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons.

The Cowboys are led by one of the best backcourts in the country, with Markel Brown and Marcus Smart combining to average 33.7 points per game.  Oklahoma State is 103-197 SU all-time against ranked opponents, including 13 victories in that situation under head coach Travis Ford.  The program leads the Big 12 Conference in outscoring opponents by an average of 24.5 points per game.  Another part of the team’s success is its ability to take advantage of opportunities at the charity stripe, as it paces the Big 12 in free-throws made and attempted.

Colorado is aiming for its second-best start to a season in program history, while it has compiled a solid 18-4 record in December under head coach Tad Boyle.  The Buffaloes are one of the top rebounding teams in the country—winning that all-important statistical category by an average of 10.3 boards a contest.  It’s important to point out that these two programs have split 12 meetings in this series when played on a neutral floor.  Colorado is 5-1 SUATS as a neutral court underdog of 3.5 to 6 points, with the UNDER going 5-1 in that situation.

The Buffaloes have four probable starters averaging in double figures, with junior guard Spencer Dinwiddie being the main player to watch, as he’s scoring 15.5 points a contest.  Colorado welcomed back 72.9 percent of its scoring and 58.2 percent of its rebounding from a season ago, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball betting lines Saturday night.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buffaloes due to their 5-0 ATS mark in their last five games.

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